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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2023    

Essential Science Indicators (ESI) is an analytical tool that helps you identify top-performing research in Web of Science Core Collection. ESI surveys more than 11,000 journals from around the world to rank authors, institutions, countries, and journals in 22 broad fields based on publication and citation performance.

ESI Top Papers are important indicator of ESI. Top Papers are collection of papers after the merging of Highly Cited Paper and Hot Paper, in which are defined as follows:

Highly Cited Papers: are papers that perform in the top 1% based on the number of citations received when compared to other papers published in the same field in the same year.

Hot Papers: Only scan papers published in the last two years to see if they are receiving more citations than the other papers. Hot papers that meet a citation frequency threshold determined for its field and bimonthly group, which have been cited enough times in the most recent bimonthly period to place them in the top 0.1%. 

You may follow the instructional PDF to find Highly Cited Papers in ESI and Hot Papers in ESI.